Probably. And so did J.R.R. Tolkien. I was listening to Radiolab's "The Ring And I", a years-old podcast about Wagner's Ring Cycle, and although I'm only about 1/3 of the way through it, I've already learned a lot, like the fact that Lucas' famous kiss between twin siblings who don't know they're twins is actually something Wagner put into his opera, but it's okay because Wagner took that stuff from Norse mythology, which also suffered a bunch of pillaging by Arthurian legend.
Here's how it all works:
Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas is the story of how an evil dwarf stole the Rhinegold and made a ring of power, which then fell into the hands of the gods, creating all kinds of problems. I really don't know the entire plot yet, but Odin's son Sigmund figures in, as Sigmund falls in love with his twin sister Sieglinde -- he doesn't know she's his twin- causing Odin to send Brunhilde the Valkyrie to bring Sigmund to Valhalla (i.e., kill him) but Sigmund explains to Brunhilde that he doesn't want to go because he's in love and so Brunhilde takes his side in things.
Also: At one point in Norse legend, Odin buries a sword in a tree and says that whoever can pull it out gets the sword as a gift.
Whew! That's a lot to digest on my morning commute to work.
Andrew got the answer to yesterday's question; I don't know how he did it, but he did.
Here's today's question, #72: remember, they're all worth 50 points from here on out, and the last commenter on each post will get 40 points, the "last commenter" being determined by whose comment is last when I post the next question in the blogathon.
What Wagnerian musical technique did Star Wars consciously use?
Sure beats questions like how many buttons were in the Millennium Falcon model Lucas used? [ANSWER: I don't know.] I should've gone off-book 71 questions ago.